Washington, May 25, 2021 — The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Kelley Eckels Currie has joined CNAS as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Indo-Pacific Security Program.
“I am thrilled to have Ambassador Currie join the Center and contribute her expertise to our research,” said Lisa Curtis, Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program. “Her deep knowledge of human rights issues in the region have made Ambassador Currie a leading authority, and we’re thrilled to have her continue her work at CNAS.”
Ambassador Currie served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the U.S. Representative at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to her appointment, she led the Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice (2019) and served under Ambassador Nikki Haley as the United States’ Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council and Alternative Representative to the U.N. General Assembly (2017–2018). Throughout her career in foreign policy, Ambassador Currie has specialized in human rights, political reform, development, and humanitarian issues, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. From 2009 until her appointment to the USUN leadership, she served as a Senior Fellow with the Project 2049 Institute. She has held senior policy positions with the Department of State, U.S. Congress, and several international and non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organizations.
Ambassador Currie received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.
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